Sensoma: redefining common sense in public spatial practice

Psarologaki, Liana (2019) Sensoma: redefining common sense in public spatial practice. In: The Street and the City III: Encounters, 11-12 April 2019, Lisbon, Portugal. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper will situate spatial practice as critical and architecturally concerned discipline and as praxis that takes place in and redefines experiences in the public domain of the city. I will critically examine two performative installations that took place as part of SPILL Festival of Performance 2018 . The first is Kopf Kino (Head Cinema) by ON/OFF; a device that captures encounters at street level and rendering them on elements of the built environment, using amplification by projection and active participation of the passer-by. The second work is Clarion Call by Byron J Scullin + Supple Fox; a collaborative large-scale sonic work that repurposes emergency audio mechanisms to create a civic condition for public ritual, commemorating achronous wars. I suggest that practices as such act as remedies for the pathologies of the city and in particular the distracted experience of common space on the street. They do so by re-enabling the individual to sense and therefore to live the place they are called to engage with. I define this living condition of embodied experience of space as sensoma. This paper will attempt to contextualise sensoma in relation to mnemonics and the ontology of chronotope. I will link sensoma with Paul Virilio’s concept of topographical amnesia and Walter Benjamin’s space of distraction. Furthermore, I will attempt to theorise spatial practice and sensoma with philosophical and scientific approaches that span from Descartes to Deleuze and Guattari, with a particular focus on notions of time, space and experience in art and architecture. The paper will conclude with a suggestion of neologisms that establish an agenda for spatial practice related to sensing the common in public spaces of the city, promoting thus sensoma as a condition of living the city by encounter and emergence.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: space, spatial practice, architecture, philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Arts & Humanities
Depositing User: Liana Psarologaki
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2021 10:45
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2021 10:45
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1682

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